Hall of Fame Nominee
Bobbie Burns’ influence on skiing has been profound and lasting. Every freestyle skier of the past more than half a century is beholden to Bobbie Burns.
Dick Barrymore saw Bobbie skiing bumps in Sun Valley and remembered, “The sight changed my life as a filmmaker.” And Dick’s films introduced the public to the possibilities of freestyle skiing.
In 1968 he began designing and producing skis for K2 ski racers, including Marilyn and Bob Cochran, Spider Sabich and Mike Lafferty who all had successful careers on those skis. In 1969 Marilyn Cochran, using those skis, was the first American to win a World Cup race.
In 1974 Burns started his own company and began making The Ski, a ski designed specifically for his style of skiing. The Ski revolutionized free skiing for the masses in much the same way as Bobbie Burns revolutionized free skiing for elite athletes of performance skiing
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